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Université de Neuchâtel

Fungal biogenic patina : optimization of an innovative conservation treatment for copper-based artefacts

Albini, Monica ; Joseph, Edith (Dir.) ; Junier, Pilar (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2017.

Les micro-organismes sont souvent considérés dangereux pour les biens culturels. Malgré cela, ils peuvent aussi être utilisés pour leur protection. En effet, certaines espèces fongiques sont connues pour leur capacité à produire de l'acide oxalique pour immobiliser des métaux lourds toxiques et, donc, détoxifier leur milieu. La biotechnologie a déjà exploité cette capacité...

Université de Fribourg

Kidney mass reduction leads to L‐arginine metabolism‐dependent blood pressure increase in mice

Muralidharan Pillai, Samyuktha ; Seebeck, Petra ; Fingerhut, Ralph ; Huang, Ji ; Ming, Xiu‐Fen ; Yang, Zhihong ; Verrey, François

In: Journal of the American Heart Association, 2018, vol. 7, no. 5, p. e008025

Background Uninephrectomy (UNX) is performed for various reasons, including kidney cancer or donation. Kidneys being the main site of L‐arginine production in the body, we tested whether UNX mediated kidney mass reduction impacts L‐arginine metabolism and thereby nitric oxide production and blood pressure regulation in mice. Methods and Results In a first series of experiments, we observed...

Université de Fribourg

Task-dependent activation of distinct fast and slow(er) motor pathways during motor imagery

Keller, Martin ; Taube, Wolfgang ; Lauber, Benedikt

In: Brain Stimulation, 2018, p. -

Background: Motor imagery and actual movements share overlapping activation of brain areas but little is known about task-specific activation of distinct motor pathways during mental simulation of movements. For real contractions, it was demonstrated that the slow(er) motor pathways are activated differently in ballistic compared to tonic contractions but it is unknown if this also holds true...

Université de Fribourg

Regulation of calretinin in malignant mesothelioma is mediated by septin 7 binding to the CALB2 promoter

Blum, Walter ; Pecze, László ; Wörthmüller Rodriguez, Janine ; Steinauer, Martine ; Schwaller, Beat

In: BMC Cancer, 2018, vol. 18, p. 475

The calcium-binding protein calretinin (gene name: CALB2) is currently considered as the most sensitive and specific marker for the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (MM). MM is a very aggressive tumor strongly linked to asbestos exposure and with no existing cure so far. The mechanisms of calretinin regulation, as well as its distinct function in MM are still poorly understood.

Université de Fribourg

Putative cancer stem cells may be the key target to inhibit cancer cell repopulation between the intervals of chemoradiation in murine mesothelioma

Wu, Licun ; Blum, Walter ; Zhu, Chang-Qi ; Yun, Zhihong ; Pecze, Laszlo ; Kohno, Mikihiro ; Chan, Mei-Lin ; Zhao, Yidan ; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela ; Schwaller, Beat ; Perrot, Marc de

In: BMC Cancer, 2018, vol. 18, p. 471

Cancer cell repopulation during chemotherapy or radiotherapy is a major factor limiting the efficacy of treatment. Cancer stem cells (CSC) may play critical roles during this process. We aim to demonstrate the role of mesothelioma stem cells (MSC) in treatment failure and eventually to design specific target therapies against MSC to improve the efficacy of treatment in malignant mesothelioma.

Université de Fribourg

How asbestos drives the tissue towards tumors: YAP activation, macrophage and mesothelial precursor recruitment, RNA editing, and somatic mutations

Rehrauer, Hubert ; Wu, Licun ; Blum, Walter ; Pecze, Lazslo ; Henzi, Thomas ; Serre-Beinier, Véronique ; Aquino, Catherine ; Vrugt, Bart ; Perrot, Marc de ; Schwaller, Beat ; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela

In: Oncogene, 2018, vol. 37, no. 20, p. 2645–2659

Chronic exposure to intraperitoneal asbestos triggered a marked response in the mesothelium well before tumor development. Macrophages, mesothelial precursor cells, cytokines, and growth factors accumulated in the peritoneal lavage. Transcriptome profiling revealed YAP/TAZ activation in inflamed mesothelium with further activation in tumors, paralleled by increased levels of cells with...

Université de Fribourg

Baicalein inhibits acinar-to-ductal metaplasia of pancreatic acinal cell AR42J via improving the inflammatory microenvironment

Pu, Wei-Ling ; Luo, Ying-Ying ; Bai, Ru-Yu ; Guo, Ao-Wei ; Zhou, Kun ; Zhang, Yun-Sha ; Miao, Lin ; Rüegg, Curzio ; Hottiger, Micheal O. ; Gao, Xiu-Mei ; Sun, Li-Kang

In: Journal of Cellular Physiology, 2018, vol. 233, no. 8, p. 5747–5755

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most aggressive cancers. Recent research has demonstrated that chronic pancreatitis (CP) is associated with an increased risk of PDAC, partly due to acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM). Baicalein has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects for CP or PDAC, respectively. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect...

Université de Fribourg

Diversity of cortico-descending projections: histological and diffusion MRI characterization in the monkey

Innocenti, Giorgio M ; Caminiti, Roberto ; Rouiller, Eric M ; Knott, Graham ; Dyrby, Tim B ; Descoteaux, Maxime ; Thiran, Jean-Philippe

In: Cerebral Cortex, 2018, p. -

The axonal composition of cortical projections originating in premotor, supplementary motor (SMA), primary motor (a4), somatosensory and parietal areas and descending towards the brain stem and spinal cord was characterized in the monkey with histological tract tracing, electron microscopy (EM) and diffusion MRI (dMRI). These 3 approaches provided complementary information. Histology provided...